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Date posted:  Nov 24, 2021

Madrid, M, ES Milano, Milan, IT Chedburgh, ENG, GB Immingham, ENG, GB Belfast, NIR, GB

Job Function:  Information Technology
Job Type:  Permanent
Job Requisition ID:  4720

Senior Data Engineer (100% remote)

About Varda (formerly ODX - Open Farm and Field Data Exchange)

Over the past decade, the agriculture industry has witnessed a dramatic surge in investment towards the digitization of farming by large incumbents, tech multinationals and innovative start-ups across the world. This development has caused the proliferation of data-based services aimed at improving farmers productivity and agricultural efficiency at large. However, to this date no company has achieved the sufficient depth and breadth of information required to offer transformative, field-specific services, and many challenges prohibit farm and field data sharing at scale.


Overcoming these challenges requires a truly collaborative, industry-wide approach for data management. In this context, Yara have issued a “call for action” to bring together institutions from across the world and jointly build an ‘Open Farm and Field Data Exchange’ modelled along the lines of similar data sharing schemes that have emerged in other industries recently.


At Varda, our goal is to accelerate food systems transformation through field connectivity and data collaboration, to digitally connect farms and fields to enable end-to-end transparency and reward positive farming practices. Varda’s primary purpose is to act as a “clearing house” and neutral broker between data providers (including farmers) and data users.

What you will be doing

  • Help to shape the Data Infrastructure and Process enabling the use of data to create Insights and Data Products
  • Develop, construct, test and maintain scalable data architectures
  • Handle all data related activities such as data parsing, cleansing, quality definitions, pipelining, storage and maintenance of ETL scripts
  • Support in building complex queries required by the platform teams
  • Handle data integration, consolidation and reconciliation activities for digital products
  • Provide governance support to ensure the data is stored and managed as per industry practices
  • Manage deployment of analytics programs, machine learning and statistical methods
  • Help shape the data team and its procedures - as a member of a newly created group, there is a lot to contribute to

What you will bring

  • Hands on experience in data engineering projects such as writing SQL queries, data pipelining, API provisioning, database optimization / maintenance etc.
  • Ability to process and rationalize structured data, message data and semi/unstructured data and ability to integrate multiple large data sources and databases into one system
  • Proficient understanding of distributed computing principles and of the fundamental design principles behind a scalable, event driven architecture (serverless applications, containers etc.)
  • Experience with relational & NoSQL databases (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL, DocumentDB, MongoDB)
  • Knowledge of data architecture concepts such as database systems, dimensional modelling, data ontology etc.
  • Understanding of graph databases (e.g., dgraph, neo4j)
  • Able to code in Python, our preferred tech stack
  • Comfortable working with our tools: Kafka, dbt, GitHub, CircleCI, Docker, Airflow, Terraform and an instinct for automation
  • Desired personal/professional interest in the agricultural segments
  • Desired knowledge of Java and AWS Data: Lambda, API Gateway, S3, Athena, Redshift

Why us?


  • Join a fully cross functional team, along with engineers, product managers and data scientists from around the globe working on an advanced technology platform
  • Be a contributor in sustainable global change, enabling nature positive farming and reducing carbon emissions at scale. 
  • You would be working with a globally dispersed and diverse team.  We adopt a virtual-first approach, where we encourage face-to-face collaboration, but are focused on recruiting the best talent. 
  • Support for personal development with internal knowledge sharing, Data Science/engineering, Agronomy, Software engineering practices and external courses to support learning and continuous improvement.


A bit about Yara


As part of the global transformation of food production towards more transparency and sustainability, Yara has set carbon optimization and climate action as key strategic priorities. Optimizing how cropland is managed will make a substantial contribution to lowering global agriculture greenhouse gas emissions. From carbon sequestration to avoidance or reduction in farm level emissions, Yara is launching a new business venture centered around decarbonization of the food chain. 

Additional Information


Please note: This recruitment process will be managed by Korn Ferry, and by submitting your application you acknowledge and confirm that your application details can be shared with them. Korn Ferry will manage your data according to their privacy policy (https://www.kornferry.com/privacy) and Data Processing Agreement entered into with Yara. 


As a global organization we actively strive to reflect the diversity in society. We therefore encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to creating a work environment that fits gender equality and allows combining career progress with the needs of a family or other personal circumstances.  

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